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How does radon cause lung cancer?


Radon gas decays into radioactive particles that can get trapped in your lungs when you breathe. As these particles break down, they release small bursts of energy. This can damage lung tissue and lead to lung cancer over the course of your lifetime. An individual's risk of getting lung cancer from radon depends mostly on 3 factors: level of radon, the duration of exposure, and their smoking habits.


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